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eBay: PayPal mobile payment up over 500% on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Fri, Nov 25 2011 8:19 PM CST

Thanksgiving is a great time for not just consumers, but retailers. IBM reported that online Thanksgiving 2011 sales were up over 39-percent from last Thanksgiving, with mobile shopping on the rise. eBay and PayPal are seeing similar things, with PayPal Mobile announcing a 511-percent increase in global mobile payment volume when compared with the 2010 Thanksgiving.

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On Thanksgiving in the U.S., consumers shopping through mobile via PayPal most frequently between 6pm and 7pm PST. Compared to the rest of the world where consumers shopped on mobile most frequently between 1pm and 2pm PST. There was more than a 350-percent increase in the number of global customers shopping through PayPal mobile on Thanksgiving compared to last year. These shoppers were mostly located in New York, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami and Chicago.

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Survey shows that mobile games aren't killing consoles

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Fri, Nov 25 2011 7:48 PM CST

For a while now, casual games on mobiles have been thought of the death knell of console games. But, according to a survey run by 3DS Buzz, mobile games aren't hurting console games at all. 3DS Buzz conducted a survey to find out who owns the latest handheld gaming consoles would disagree with the idea that it is dying out.

Survey shows that mobile games aren't killing consoles | TweakTown.com

3DS Buzz wanted to ask those who had been DS gamers, but they had turned their backs on the latest gaming system. They found out nearly 300 people who had bought a DS but not a 3DS so 3DS Buzz asked them why they didn't buy the new 3D portable system. 3DS Buzz provided 16 options on the survey, which allowed participants to pick as many reasons why they hadn't made the purchase they wanted.

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Europe has ruled that ISPs can't be forced to block pirate sites, NZBs and torrent users cry pirated tears of joy.nzb

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Fri, Nov 25 2011 4:27 AM CST

This is some good news for those who are based in Europe, your ISP cannot be forced to monitor or block you from using the Web. A European court has ruled that record labels and film studios can't use the courts to instruct your broadband ISP to track or try to block you.

Europe has ruled that ISPs can't be forced to block pirate sites, NZBs and torrent users cry pirated tears of joy.nzb | TweakTown.com

The European Court of Justice ruled:

EU law precludes the imposition of an injunction by a national court which requires an Internet service provider to install a filtering system with a view to preventing the illegal downloading of files.

ISPs have been the magnet of blame shifting from record labels, film studios and other owners of copyrighted music, movies or media, where they've tried to steer governments into making ISPs responsible for piracy. They've tried to argue that ISPs should record what you're doing online, and if they notice you downloading illegally accessed copyrighted material, courts should order the ISP to boot you off the Internet.

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RumorTT: Microsoft working on not one next-gen Xbox 720, but two?

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Fri, Nov 25 2011 2:01 AM CST

This is something that would make quite a lot of sense, and actually be quite good for customers and gamers alike. Industry sources are pointing toward two new Xbox consoles being launched sometime in 2013, which should give Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) plenty of time to get their 28nm manufacturing process working like a charm.

RumorTT: Microsoft working on not one next-gen Xbox 720, but two? | TweakTown.com

Microsoft is said to be working on an entry-level system as well as a true next-generation hardcore gaming console. Multiple price points aren't anything new for Microsoft, as that's what they do with the 360 with multiple packages. Different hard drive sizes, limited edition bundles, game and accessory bundles.

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Piracy, the reason Ghost Recon: Future Soldier will not be coming to PC

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Fri, Nov 25 2011 1:26 AM CST

Is this the change we're seeing in console development? They do a sloppy job on the PC version, sales are bad and they just blame piracy? Surely a stable-minded developer wouldn't think that way, well, think again. Ghost Recon Online is set to be a free-to-play game, and is a 'response' to piracy and an alternative to the restrictive DRM that has plagued previous Ubisoft games.

Piracy, the reason Ghost Recon: Future Soldier will not be coming to PC | TweakTown.com

Ghost Recon Online producer, Sebastien Arnoult has said:

We are giving away most of the content for free because there's no barrier to entry. To the users that are traditionally playing the game by getting it through Pirate Bay, we said, 'Okay, go ahead guys. This is what you're asking for. We've listened to you - we're giving you this experience. It's easy to download, there's no DRM that will pollute your experience.'

We're adapting the offer to the PC market. I don't like to compare PC and Xbox boxed products because they have a model on that platform that is clearly meant to be 60's worth of super-Hollywood content. On PC, we're adapting our model to the demand.

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Samsung pokes Apple in new ad, trolololol

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Thu, Nov 24 2011 9:23 PM CST

Samsung have a new series of commercials where they poke fun at Apple fans, its not a dark insult, but more of a realistic view of most Apple customers. The ad starts in a lineup for Apple's iPhone 4S in New York, a similar site in most cities around launch day. A large group of Apple fans are lined up, talking about how this is "an event" and they will "remember it for the rest of their lives."

Just after this, another guy outside the line is on his smartphone and it attracts the people in the lineup, he's holding a Samsung Galaxy S II. The Apple fanboys comment on how light and thin the device is and how large the display is. Some of the quotes are "I could never get a Samsung, I'm creative", with someone saying "Dude, your'e a barista."

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Microsoft still after a stake in Yahoo, is taking a closer look and has their cheque book ready

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Thu, Nov 24 2011 8:12 PM CST

Microsoft back in 2008, had a very public failed takeover attempt of Yahoo, where they were willing to dish out $46 billion to purchase Yahoo. It failed, and now according to reports, have signed a confidentiality agreement with Yahoo which allows them to take a closer look at the struggling company's business as they explore various options for striking a deal.

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Microsoft are joined by private-equity firms such as TPG Capital and Silver Lake, where they're going line for line over Yahoo's books and operations. Microsoft this time, is not looking for a complete takeover, but is only looking to help finance a bid as part of a consortium and not buy Yahoo outright, in a move to safeguard their ongoing web-search partnership with Yahoo.

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Unlocked Galaxy Nexus for $750? Expansys is your BFF - Black Friday Friend

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Thu, Nov 24 2011 7:18 PM CST

For those of you wanting to get on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Ice Cream Sandwich-packing phone, all before the weekend, you could be in luck. Expansys are already shipping Nexus handsets from their warehouses, with some customers reporting that they've have their orders shipped already.

Unlocked Galaxy Nexus for $750? Expansys is your BFF - Black Friday Friend | TweakTown.com

You can grab an unlocked 16GB GSM (HSPA+) Nexus that works with T-Mobile and AT&T's 3G bands, right now. So you North American's can actually order one of these phones right now, for $750 and be lucky enough to get one within a few days.

Over here in Australia, I'll twiddle my thumbs and just be happy for you. I'll enjoy my Galaxy S II for now. If anyone ends up getting one, do comment below with your thoughts!

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Apple is edging closer to No. 1 in PC sales, HP is on their hit list

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Thu, Nov 24 2011 1:26 AM CST

At it stands right now, Apple is currently the second-largest PC vendor worldwide, with Hewlett Packard sitting firmly in first place. But, come to end of 2012, this could very well change. Research outfit Canalys, says Apple's share of the PC market has grown 6-percent in the past twelve months alone.

Apple is edging closer to No. 1 in PC sales, HP is on their hit list | TweakTown.com

What is driving this growth? The super-famous iPad, which Canalys considers a personal computer. Canalys Analysis (say that three times fast) Tim Coulling says:

Apple has seen its PC market share expand from 9 percent to 15 percent in just four quarters, though iPad shipments in its core market - the United States - are likely to come under pressure in Q4 due to the launch of the Fire and Nook at extremely competitive price points. HP and Apple will fight for top position in Q4.

With the iPad 3 set to include a high-res 2048x1536 display, it will just make the iPad 3 an even tastier option. Canalys estimates global PC shipments to reach 415 million in 2011, a 15-percent year-over-year increase, thanks largely to the Apple iPad. What I'd like to know is, is this what the "2012 is the end of the world" is going to be... Apple, of all companies, as the number one PC vendor worldwide?

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Next-gen Ultrabooks to sport 1080p panels, ASUS and Acer are working toward this goal

Anthony Garreffa | Laptops | Thu, Nov 24 2011 12:19 AM CST

Acer and ASUS are working with panel manufacturers AU Optronics and Chimei Innolux separately to develop a new generation of full HD notebook panels with resolutions of 1928x1080, according to industry insiders. This is contributed by the fact that Apple are pushing for their next-generation iPads to sport 2048x1536-capable displays in early 2012.

Next-gen Ultrabooks to sport 1080p panels, ASUS and Acer are working toward this goal | TweakTown.com

Acer and ASUS want to push the next release of Ultrabooks in Q1 2012 at the earliest, to feature 1080p displays. At the moment, ASUS' 11.6-inch UX21 Zenbook models sport a resolution of 1366x768, with upgrades of resolution to 1600x900 for its 13.3-inch UX31 models. Acer's 13.3-inch Aspire S3 also includes a 1366x768 display.

Both ASUS and Acer are expecting to deliver between 400,000 and 500,000 Ultrabooks before the end of this year. Upgrading them to 1080p panels should help them compete against Apple's MacBook Air, a lot.

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